The Happy Valley Road home where Kimberly Proctor was brutally murdered was menaced by a drunken Langford man early Sunday morning.
Neighbours say the lone resident of the home is the single mother of Kruse Wellwood, one of the teens who was sentenced to life in prison earlier this month for the March 18, 2010 murder of his schoolmate.
According to West Shore RCMP, the resident of the home in the 3000 block of Happy Valley Road was awoken to a stranger banging on the door around 1 a.m. on April 10.
The 30-year-old suspect drove away in his white pickup truck when no one answered. Police arrived on scene shortly after, but were unable to locate him.
Within 25 minutes, the Langford man came back to the residence armed with a baseball bat. The resident of the home and nearby neighbours called West Shore RCMP again.
RCMP arrived as the man was leaving for the second time and followed the truck with lights flashing and sirens blaring.
The suspect sped away on Happy Valley and attempted to escape. He eventually lost control and spun out in a gravel parking lot, near Sooke and Glen Lake roads.
The RCMP tried to trap the suspect’s vehicle in the parking lot, but he scraped by the police cruiser, causing minor damage.
Another RCMP cruiser followed the suspect to a house in the 1000 block of Haslam Avenue, where he was arrested without incident. It’s unclear if the man was trying to flee to his home. Police say the suspect isn’t known to the resident of the Happy Valley home.
Jason Jeffrey, 30, is due in Western Communities court on April 21 to face charges of break and enter, possession of a dangerous weapon, fleeing a police officer, dangerous driving and refusing to provide breath sample.
The suspect was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, RCMP say.
The man’s intent or why he was at the household on Happy Valley Road has not yet been determined, said Const. Julie Chanin, of West Shore RCMP. “He is no longer a threat and we are happy he was taken off the road.”
The suspect never entered the home, there was no damage and no one was injured. The occupant of the Happy Valley Road home “had a strong sense of fear,” Chanin said.
—with files from Sam Van Schie